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Published on Thursday, November 1, 2018

Councilman Trevino, City Council vote to Continue to Embrace Innovation with Thoughtful Regulation

CONTACT: Justin Renteria, 210-207-0900


SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 1, 2018) - Today, the City Council approved policy to better regulate Short Term Rentals (STRs). STRs have had a significant impact on neighborhoods in and around the urban core, so District 1 worked with neighbors on making changes to the policy which protect neighborhoods from any adverse effects.


Over the last two years, District 1 advocated for permits to be issued per unit, not per property to not disadvantage one property owner of another, while still protecting and preserving neighborhoods. The Councilman also felt funds from housing incentive programs should not be used support STRs, but to provide affordable housing to the residents of San Antonio. Most importantly, language was added into the ordinance which protects neighborhoods from STRs being used as event centers. STR operators will be deemed “bad actors” after 3 or more violations, which will lead to the revocation of their permit.


“After listening to the people of District 1, I worked to change to the Short-Term Rental policy which maintains the neighborhood feel homeowners know and love while respecting the personal property rights of rental operators,” said Treviño. “The policy put forth today ensures the equitable distribution of STRs across San Antonio as it is flexible in areas where Short-Term Rentals do not exist and stricter in areas where they are already present.”


The Short-Term Rental policy, approved 8 to 2, will go into effect immediately. All rental operators will have 90 days to formally register with the City of San Antonio while the City develops a webpage that will allow operators to apply and submit payments for permits.


“The policy can be adjusted as needed; however, I feel this policy strikes the right balance between the rights of homeowners and the ever-growing sharing economy,” said Treviño. “Thank you to all of the homeowners and stakeholders who helped shape this policy.”

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